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Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; 1st edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453512810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453512814
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now there's a new twist!" -- Thomas Elliott, on Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond
--Mensa Bulletin (April/May 2011)

Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond offers a "thorough feminism perspective."
 --Gloria Hendry, aka "Rosie Carver" in Live and Let Die

Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond "stands high above many of the 'Bond as social zeitgeist' stuff we've seen in recent decades." --Matt Sherman, creator of SpyFest and the Bond Collectors' Weekends

"I . . . enjoyed your analysis of the importance of the Bond girl icon as it relates to and reveals the changing culture." -- Lois Chiles, aka "Dr. Holly Goodhead" in Moonraker

"[W]e finally have a detailed analysis of the complex evolution of the Bond Girl character. This book gives new insights into Bond's world and insures that you'll never look at Bond Girls the same way again!" --Charles Helfenstein, author of The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

From the Author

The Feminism of James Bond is the first installment in the Shaken & Stirred series, which analyzes the historical and social implications of the feminist and Women's Liberation movements in popular culture. In The Feminism of James Bond, Robert A. Caplen conducts an independent examination of the Bond Girl character and charts both her development and significance over the course of the first eleven James Bond cinematic missions.

More About the Author

Born and raised in South Florida, Robert A. Caplen earned his undergraduate degree in music and history from Boston University, a graduate degree in history from Boston University, and a law degree from the University of Florida. He has written numerous articles on a variety of constitutional, criminal, government contract, international, and international trade law issues. The creator of the Shaken & Stirred™ series, which studies feminism and popular culture, his first book, SHAKEN & STIRRED: THE FEMINISM OF JAMES BOND, was published in 2010. A revised edition was published in 2012.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Scivally on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is kind of like two books in one. It's an interesting history of the feminist movement in America up through the end of the 1970s, and also a fascinating analysis of James Bond films - those bastions of über-male heterosexual fantasy - from a feminist perspective. Caplan briefly covers the 007 novels of Ian Fleming, whom feminists would have clearly, and correctly, labeled a chauvinist, then launches into a film-by-film breakdown of how the Bond films from Dr. No to Moonraker portray women, and how those portrayals were altered by changing attitudes in American society through the 1960s and 70s. I have, myself, co-authored a book on James Bond (James Bond: The Legacy 007, with John Cork), produced special features for James Bond DVDs and continued to work on 007-related projects for the past 13 years. As a result, I'm constantly re-watching the Bond films, and yet this book made me look at them in a new way - which I consider to be a remarkable feat. This book is an eye-opener for both Bond fans and Bond critics. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PJ not DJ on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Feminism of James Bond is the first book in author Robert Caplen's series, and it is exceptionally well done. It is a comprehensive cultural history of the James Bond films that dissects the 1962-1979 films (Dr. No through Moonraker) and previews the remaining films (the subject of the next book in the series). The revised edition even references Skyfall. Some big names have weighed in about the book, including Sir Roger Moore (he quoted it in his memoir!) and Bond Girls Glorida Hendry (Rosie Carver) and Lois Chiles (Dr. Holly Goodhead). They're definitely onto something because this book is truly the first of its kind.

I've been a Bond fan for years, but Caplen's discussion really makes you look at the films in a new and entertaining light. The Feminism of James Bond has a little of everything: it's fully loaded with information about Ian Fleming, his novels, the films, and the major actors and events that gave rise to and sustained the feminist movement; and it's imbued with some tongue-in-cheek humor along the way. There are over 50 images that accompany the text, too. It is one of the most well-researched books I've come across in a while, and it's certainly nothing like the typical James Bond books that are currently in print.

Caplen ably presents the feminist movement through the lens of the Bond Girl, exploring how she represented an archetype and reflected changing notions about the role of women in society. The Feminism of James Bond articulately and persuasively dissects whether these female characters were sexually liberated and independent, mechanisms through which Bond and his male-dominant society functioned, or disruptions to and liabilities for that society. You will want to revisit the films after reading the book, and you'll appreciate them in a completely new light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vineet on February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was very impressed with the book and how much I learned about the diversity of the female characters....
Some were clear enemies, some unquestionable friends, while others somewhere in between. Till I saw this book, I had never quite taken the time to think as much about the female characters...
Especially at first, beyond eye candy, they aren't often remembered like some of the clearer male enemy and friend characters. The pictures also helped because I had not been able to see a lot of the older movies that came out before I was born and some of the ones that came out more recently.

I had never thought about the different professions they could be classified in along with the 3 major groups as A)Golden Bond Girl Era, the B)Post-Feminist Bond Woman Era, & the C)Revisionist Bond Girl Eras...
To me, it was quite interesting to see Mr.Caplan classify them even in career and background groups to how they fit in as characters and add to the plots...

I was excited to end up buying one of the hard-cover signed copies but glad there will also be less expensive soft-cover copies as well as updates to include female 007 characters from more recently released Bond movies...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond" by Robert A. Caplen joins the canon of James Bond scholarship in a unique way by looking at the iconic figure from a feminist perspective. Some fans may read the title, see "feminism" and walk away. Too bad for them because Caplen introduces us to the world of the Women in the James Bond universe dispelling many of the knee-jerk, misogynist myths that have been attached to the series going back to the earliest movies in the series.

There have been other books about Bond Girls, but as good as they are they are mostly filled with images of the beautiful women who have appeared in all the Bond movies. Other books on Bond just touch the surface of what Caplen presents in "Shaken & Stirred" which looks at the women in the Bond movies through the lens of political and cultural feminism within the context of the era that each movie was made.

Caplen's book is part one in what will hopefully be continued soon and covers the movies up to 1977s "The Spy Who Loved Me." Is James Bond indeed a "misogynist dinosaur" as stated by Dame Judi Dench's M in "GoldenEye" or was that comment just a wink and a nod apology by the producers for all of Bond's past indiscretions?

Long time connoisseurs of all things James Bond will enjoy the insightful commentary and in-depth research that's backed up with detailed footnotes. However, the book is not just written for the academic egg-heads in the "women's studies" department doing research in the college library. Caplen writes in a thoughtful and accessible prose that all James Bond fans, from the casual to the hard core devotees, will enjoy.
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